An Epidemiologic Approach to Environmental Health Science in High School Biology

This project's primary aim is to encourage high school biology students to use a scientific approach to evaluating environmental health concerns. The strategy is to offer teacher professional development activities that incorporate an epidemiologic approach to teaching about environmental health science in high school biology classes. Forty-five Maine biology teachers will be provided with training via 3-week summer sessions, held at a medical research institute whose activities focus on preventive medicine. These sessions will combine lectures, health science library research, and interactive workshops that provide teachers with a knowledge base about epidemiologic principles and then work on specific examples of environmental health issues whose investigations make use of these principles. All participants will receive training sessions in the use of electronic communication tools that can be used to maintain contact with the project scientists and other staff. It is expected that teacher-driven, field-tested curriculum materials will be developed as a result of the project.

This project is supported by grant R25 RR12328 from the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, DHHS.

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